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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Tomase: Barnes wilting from recent overuse and Sox know it

As bad as the Red Sox have been during this 2-10 stretch that has them teetering on the edge of the wild card race, take away three bad outings from their best pitcher, and maybe they’re don’t find themselves in such dire straits.

Of course, they can’t do that, and the three losses in Matt Barnes’ last four outings all count. But as we evaluate the impact of attrition on a bullpen that’s been asked to shoulder a heavy workload, Barnes stands front and center as a big arm that’s wilting from overuse.

Manager Alex Cora admitted as much after the right-hander’s latest implosion, a four-run ninth that was the difference in an 8-4 loss to the Rays on Tuesday. It came on the heels of a decisive three-run homer to former college teammate George Springer in a 9-8 loss to the Blue Jays, which came one day after serving up a walkoff shot to Toronto’s Marcus Semien.

Tomase: Red Sox rapidly approaching point of no return
Two of those games were tied, so there’s no guarantee the Red Sox would’ve won even if Barnes had gone 1-2-3, but there’s little doubt that his regression has helped put the team in the position of trying to prove its first half wasn’t a fluke as it fights for its playoff life.

“Barnesy right now, he’s doing his best,” Cora said. “I should probably take care of him in a sense. It’s not fair, obviously. He wants to do it, he’s willing to do it. But it’s been a grind for him lately.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 01:53 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: matt barnes, red sox

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Boston Red Sox sign closer Matt Barnes to 2-year extension

The Boston Red Sox signed closer Matt Barnes to a two-year contract extension on Sunday, the team announced.

The deal, which runs through the 2023 season, includes a club option for 2024.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 4-2 and has 19 saves with a 2.68 ERA in 37 appearances this season. He was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career.

He has spent his entire career with the Red Sox and is 30-23 with 34 saves and a 3.94 ERA and 500 strikeouts in 362 appearances. With 360 relief innings, he ranks fourth in franchise history behind Bob Stanley (552), Mike Timlin (394) and Jonathan Papelbon (393).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2021 at 10:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
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